Daily 20-Minute Walks Could Help Seniors Stave Off Major Disability
Moderate exercise is good for everyone, and especially older adults. Just a 20-minute walk a day could help seniors hold off major disability and enhance the quality of their life, according to new findings by the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study. The LIFE study involved 1,635 adults ages 70-89 who were mostly sedentary and in danger of losing their mobility. The results of the daily walks in this group was a 28% reduction in long-term mobility loss, after the participants were followed for an average of 2.6 years. A loss of mobility in older adults is often a major a risk factor for illness, and working to maintain mobility can prolong independent living.
RedOrbit, May 28, 2014